Searching for Nutrition Subjects in PubMed Class October 1 @Hardin

Performing nutrition-related searches in PubMed can be challenging. This hands-on session will examine the challenges and suggest techniques for doing better searches on topics related to nutrition, diet, and foods in general.
Since the class was taught in July, we at Hardin Library and our users have gotten access to Embase (“The European equivalent of PubMed”). Embase looks to be a big improvement over PubMed for nutrition searching, and a major focus of the class will be comparing the two databases.
The class will be taught by Janna Lawrence and Eric Rumsey, both of whom are experienced in searching nutrition and other subjects in PubMed (and learning Embase!).
Wednesday, October 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Location: East Information Commons, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
Register online: or by calling 319-335-9151.

Workshop: Get Organized!

Do you struggle to stay organized as the semester progresses? Are your notes and files scattered about in notebooks, folders, and various electronic storage devices? Would you like to share your own tips and tricks for staying organized with others? Join us for a Get Organized workshop to learn about free software tools you can use to get organized and stay organized all semester long and share your organization solutions with the chronically disorganized.

Get Organized
12:30 – 1:20 pm, Wednesday, September 24
Sciences Library, 3rd Floor Computer Room

In this workshop, you will learn how to use free software such as Evernote and Dropbox to:

  • Take notes electronically using text, audio and images;
  • Keep your notes organized and sync across all your devices;
  • Access your notes and files from any computer with an Internet connection;
  • Share your notes and files with others.

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

Database of the Week: eMarketer

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: eMarketeremarketer

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under E in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Daily research articles, analyst reports, and  e-business and online marketing statistics, aggregated and analyzed from over 2,800 sources.
  • Market research and trend analysis on Internet, e-business, online marketing, media and emerging technologies.
  • Ad spending, demographics, media-usage, retail and e-commerce
  • Lots of charts, graphs, and other visual depictions of data

eMarketerappTips for searching:

  • Browse by: Topic, Chart type, or Year
  • Use the top search bar or the advanced search
  • Use the tabs to select content type: Report, PPT, Article, Chart, Interview

Video: View a video about eMarketer below.

Want help using SimplyMap? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Introduction to Toxicology Resources @Hardin Library

The purpose of this session is to introduce you to various environmental health and toxicology resources found on the National Library of Medicine’s website. Learn about important resources such as the Household Products Database, TOXMAP and TOXNET. The resources discussed in this session will be of interest to the researcher/scientist, health professional and the general public.

Our free workshops this semester:

Wednesday, September 24, 3-4pm Hardin Library Information Commons East

Tuesday, December 2, 1-2pm Hardin Library Information Commons East


Register online or request a personal session, or call 319-335-9151 to register.

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I am very sorry to learn that your health is not good

Joseph Culver Letter, September 19, 1864, Page 1

Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 19th 18641
My Dear Wife

Your letters mailed the 9th & 10th were recd. yesterday evening. I am very sorry to learn that your health is not good, but hope it is only a slight attack that will very soon be overcome.

I spent most of the day yesterday with Bro. John. Sammy was not at home, & I did not get to see him. Both are in good health.

It rained nearly all day yesterday, & this morning it is very wet and damp. We have not got our tent fixed up yet, as we did not wish to work on Sabbath. Chris [Yetter] is waiting for me to go with him for lumber,2 so I will only write a line to inform you of my good health. To-morrow or next day at farthest I will write you a long letter. Give my love to all. Rumor says the pay master is here; if so, we will know it shortly.

May Our Father in Heaven bless you & Keep you both in health.

Your affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. The 1st Brigade took up the march from the Chattahoochee to Atlanta at 6 A.M. on the 16th, and, crossing the Peachtree Creek battlefield, reached the entrenchments they had occupied in front of the city at 8 o’clock. En route they “passed the graves of the fallen dear comrades, that were ‘sleeping the sleep that knows no waking.’ ” After a halt of several hours, the march was resumed, and the brigade passed through Atlanta, going into camp about one and one-half miles south of the city. After falling out, a number of men visited the abandoned Confederate works. “They were very strong and in their erection every modern invention in the art of war had been added.” On the 17th a suitable campground was selected by Colonel Case, and it was cleared of underbrush and debris. A number of abandoned frame dwellings nearby were razed by the soldiers, and the lumber and shingles used “in erecting tenements.” Grunert, History of the 129th Illinois, pp. 102-04.
  2. Colonels Case and Flynn on Sunday, the 18th, divided off the camp, assigning each company its area, within which “every four or five men were allotted a space of eight feet in width and twelve feet in length, to enjoy themselves in a glorious and noble style — in a straight line with the rest of the company.” Ibid., p. 104.

Collect all seven prize buttons during our Library Crawl!

The University Libraries’ will be holding a Library Crawl from September 22nd through October 6th.

Visit any library locations on campus during the crawl to receive a collectable prize button and participate in a library challenge. Buttons are available at these locations: Art Library, Pomerantz Business Library, Lichtenberger Engineering Library, Music Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Main Library & Learning Commons, and the Sciences Library. Collect all seven and prove yourself a bibliomaniac!

Map to campus library locations.

Celebrate Constitution Day with your own pocket copy

September 17, 2014 marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. In honor of this occasion, at 12:20pm in front of the Old Capitol, U.S. Army Cadets will be doing a reading of the U.S. Constitution, with a rain location of the Hubbard Commons located inside of the IMU.

With thanks to United States Representative Dave Loebsack, free pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution will be available while supplies last on September 17 at the following locations: the Main Library Service Desk near the East entrance, Java House 211 E. Washington St., and T-Spoons Coffee Shop, located on the first floor of the University Capitol Center.

EndNote Workshop

Are you starting a new research paper or project and looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about EndNote! EndNote is a citation management program supported by the UI Libraries. The web version is available for free to the entire UI community and the desktop client is available for free to UI faculty, staff, graduate and professional students.

EndNote Workshop
12:30-1:30pm, Wednesday, September 17th
3rd Floor Computer Room, Sciences Library

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for (or download) EndNote for free!
  • Transfer existing references from other services to EndNote;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote;
  • Use EndNote to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.


Open Access and the Public Good, Sept 26 at 2pm Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Each fall the University of Iowa Libraries organizes events to spread awareness of open access and related issues regarding publishing and the free availability of information. Our first event this year is a panel discussion on the topic of “Open Access and the Public Good,” during which Professor Russell Ganim (Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) will moderate a conversation between the Honorable James Leach (Law), Professor Christina Bohannan (Law), and Professor Bernd Fritzsch (Biology). Among the topics will be how research in the Humanities and Sciences is financed and conducted and who has the right to access its results. This panel discussion will occur Friday, September 26th at 2 pm in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.


This event is free and open to the public, and we hope you’ll come join the conversation about open access. To learn more about open access at the University of Iowa, visit and read the University Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing blog, Transitions.


And our second event is a Free Screening of THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY at FILMSCENE Saturday, September 27th, 2:30 pm, with a Q & A to follow.


Complementing the faculty panel discussion on open access that will occur next week, FilmScene will host a free screening of the Aaron Swartz documentary The Internet’s Own Boy on Saturday, September 27th at 2:30 pm, followed by a Q & A with University of Iowa professors Kembrew McLeod (Communications) and Stephen Voyce (English). The film “follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. . . This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.” The screening is free and open to the public.




And stick around after the film to talk about open access, copyright, intellectual property, and other issues related to the free access of information with two local scholars in the fields of digital scholarship and internet-based creativity:


Kembrew McLeod is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, independent documentary filmmaker, and music critic. His book Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity (2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2007) received the American Libraries Association Oboler Award for Best Scholarship in the Area of Intellectual Freedom. He is also the author of Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World (NYU Press, 2014); with Peter DiCola, of Creative License: the Law and Culture of Digital Sampling (Duke University Press, 2011); and the editor, with Rudolf Kuenzli, of Cutting Across Media: Appropriation Art, Interventionist Collage, and Copyright Law (Duke University Press, 2011). Follow him on twitter:


Stephen Voyce is an Assistant Professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His recent book, Poetic Community: Avant-Garde Activism and Cold War Culture (University of Toronto Press, Spring 2013), addresses several key poetic groups collaborating after World War II. He is currently working on a book project titled Open Source Culture: Literature, Appropriation, and the Public Domain, which investigates how late-twentieth-century poets, fiction writers, and artists creatively subvert intellectual property law and the regimes that enforce these policies. He is a member of the University of Iowa’s Digital Studio for Public Arts & Humanities and the director of the Fluxus Digital Archive.


Learn tips for searching Gene, Nucleotide Sequences & Protein Information @Hardin Library this fall

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Instructor Chris Childs Clinical Education and Outreach Librarian

Overwhelmed by the number of databases that the National Center for Biotechnology Information has to offer on nucleotide sequences, genes and proteins?
Wondering which database you should always start with?
Would you like to learn how to set up an NCBI account to link articles in PubMed to records in other databases?
Do you know about PubMed’s Gene Sensor? Are you familiar with the concept of linear navigation?

Learn all of these tips and more in this session that is designed for anyone who needs to search the NCBI databases for genetic information.

Our sessions this fall:

Thursday, September 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am (Location: East Information Commons, 2nd floor, Hardin Library)

Tuesday, October 7, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Location: East Information Commons)

Tuesday, November 4, 10:00 – 11:00 am (Location: East Information Commons)

Register online: .  You can also request a personal session if none of these times work for you!